In this post I will show you how to setup the ASP.NET Development Server manually and bind it to a specific Port Number and Website without having to run it by default from the VS 2005 IDE.
Open your CMD window and browse to: C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727
In that path, you will find the WebDev.WebServer.exe which is the ASP.NET Development Server present in Visual Studio 2005.
Now, if you type: WebDev.WebServer.exe /?, you get such a window:
So let us configure the WebDev.WebServer.exe to run on a Port number of our choice and attach a sample website to it:
WebDev.WebServer.exe /port:9999 /path:"C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\website1"
That's it! Now you can see on your taskbar a small window icon representing the ASP.NET Development Server saying that it is bound to port - 9999.
Open the browser of your choice, go to : http://localhost:9999/ and here it is, your website is running!
Hope this post is helpful for you!